10 August 2012 10:38
Women's business group everywoman has announced the finalists for this year's Specsavers everywoman in Retail Awards, including employees of Asda, Vodafone, Whistles, Homebase and Liberty.
Now in their fifth year, the Awards were originally launched to address the disproportionate lack of women in senior roles in the retail sector by shining a spotlight on the achievements of those who have already climbed the ladder.
The industry is one that is dominated by women, with over 60% of staff being female, but this number dwindles to less than 5% female CEOs in retail companies, and only 8% of purchasing decisions within these organisations being made by women.
Maxine Benson MBE, co-founder of everywoman, states: "Retail is the largest private sector employer in the UK, and is evolving rapidly – with many more job opportunities transpiring through the explosion of online shopping. The industry offers huge variety and diversity of opportunity. These finalists demonstrate that, despite the challenging economic climate, determination, hard work and leadership can underpin commercial success, and they are a shining example to others looking to make their mark."
Dame Mary Perkins, founder of Specsavers says, "There are some excellent opportunities for women in the retail industry. Although there are not as many women in senior positions as there should be, there are many good prospects. At Specsavers, many of our stores are owned by female opticians who recognise the importance of excellent customer service and high retail standards. I congratulate all the entrants in this year's awards – to come this far shows commitment, resourcefulness and true retail flair – each is a shining example to all women in business."
The winners of the seven different categories will be announced at a ceremony at The Savoy, on September 13th, along with the 'Woman of the Year' who will be selected from all of the finalists. For table bookings and ticket enquiries, please contact everywoman directly on 020 7981 2574 and for further information visit www.everywoman.com/retailawards
The finalists are:
Star of the Future Award (in a business with a turnover under £200 million).
Alyssa Smith, founder, director and jewellery designer maker, Alyssa Smith Jewellery Limited from Hertfordshire
Lydia Smith, Assistant Manager, Whistles from Nottingham
Star of the Future Award (in a business with a turnover over £200 million).
Charlotte Crideford, online marketing specialist, Vodafone UK from Newbury
Hayley Hartwell, womenswear buyer, George – Asda from Leicester
Sarah Jones, senior buyer, Homebase from Milton Keynes
Leader of the Year Award (in a business with a turnover under £200 million). Sponsored by Penna.
Jo Davies, founder and managing director, Black White Denim from Cheshire
Sarah Halsall, retail director, Liberty Ltd from London
Terri Roberts, HR manager, Farm and Pet Place Ltd from Llanrwst, North Wales
Leader of the Year Award (in a business with a turnover over £200 million).
Claire Barron, customer experience manager, Vodafone UK from Newbury
Judith McKenna, chief operating officer, Asda Stores Ltd from Leeds
Michelle Nelson, head of retail and distribution HR, Homebase from Milton Keynes
Innovator of the Year Award
Sponsored by Cisco
Leanne Curtis-Cobb, creative director, QuackQuackMoo from Kent
Fiona Lambert, George brand director, George from Leicester
Lizzie McAuley, director, Baker Brothers Diamonds from Bedford
Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Sponsored by Asda Stores Ltd
Geraldine Hurd, company director, Betty and Belle Ltd from Cheshire
Viviane Jaeger and Emma-Jayne Parkes, co-founders, SquidLondon from London
Harriet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden, co-founders, Tatty Devine Ltd from London
Dessislava Bell, founder, Zaggora from London Carol Kane, Joint CEO, Boohoo.com from Manchester
Melissa Littler, marketing and PR director, BrandAlley.co.uk from London
Liz Bell, group talent development director, Kingfisher
Fiona Briault, operations director of central retail, Asda Stores Ltd
Sue Brownson OBE, managing director, Blue Bell Group
Jo Delbridge, director of public relations, Specsavers Optical Group
Tanith Dodge, director of human resources, Marks & Spencer
Vanessa Gold, managing director, Ann Summers & Knickerbox
Wendy Hallett, founder and MD, Hallett Retail – The Concessions People
Katrina Nurse FCMA CGMA, finance director, Topshop/Topman
Karen Richards, founder and chairman, Women in Retail
Carrie Rubin, director, Pentland Group plc
Sue Shipley, partner, The Miles Partnership